Designing Tools: Bringing Data to Life in Interactive Experiences

UX + Data
UX + Data
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As designers, we find ourselves working with increasingly new technologies and data sources — Virtual Reality, quantified-self, RFID, internet of things, interactive architecture, and more. Technological trends change so rapidly: how can we use them in meaningful ways, in enduring ways? This is the challenge taken on by Local Projects, an experience design firm for museums and public spaces. Their work invites visitors to… browse an entire art museum with just a facial expression… explore the invisible conversations taking place between smart home devices… become a designer with a digitally-augmented pen… and explore biometric data captured during a museum visit. John will illustrate the core principles that guide the firm's work as he walks us through their most innovative projects.

John Ryan is the Direction of Interaction Design at Local Projects (, an experience design and strategy firm for museums, brands and public spaces.